Hair – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 If You’re Over 30, It Might Be Time to Get to Know Living Proof Timeless [SPONSORED] http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/living-proof-timeless/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/living-proof-timeless/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:55:37 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=193565 In partnering with Ulta Beauty, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #sponsored @ultabeauty My thirtieth birthday heralded some pretty big life changes. Like, I met my kitty soulmate (hey, that’s a huge deal, OK?), took the plunge to pursue […]


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My thirtieth birthday heralded some pretty big life changes. Like, I met my kitty soulmate (hey, that’s a huge deal, OK?), took the plunge to pursue my lifelong dream of freelance writing (this was shortly before I started the blog), and I finally got hitched to El Hub (we’d been dating a while).

Big things also started happening in my beauty-related life. For instance, my skin underwent some crazy-@ss changes. After years of oily skin, my epidermis turned combination oily-dry, and then there was that awful period of hormonal acne along my jawline and chin.

Oh, and my hair didn’t make it through unscathed. Two words: the grays.

They’d been around since I was a teenager — a few occasional gray hairs tucked away, usually on the back of my head (everyone in my family goes gray early) — but around the time I turned 30, all hell broke loose. I started seeing gray hairs where I’d never seen them before, like around my bangs and on the top of my head. Suddenly, going to the salon for a touch of color stopped being something I did just for fun when I got restless or felt like a change. It became part of regular maintenance, like going to the dentist.

And that’s not all. I also started noticing changes in the texture of my hair. “What are these random wiry Chinese noodle-like strands coming out of my head?”

Oh, that’s my hurr!

Turns out I wasn’t alone in this. Many women (and dudes) experience changes in their hair around the age of 30. It’s something that the products in Living Proof’s new Timeless collection are designed to address. They’re made to help hair cope with the age-related changes that often happen to your hair in your 30s and up, protecting it from breakage, while keeping hair looking voluminous, shiny, smooth and rich in color.

The new four-piece Living Proof Timeless line is available now exclusively at Ulta Beauty and includes the Timeless Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($26), Timeless Shampoo ($28), Timeless Conditioner ($28) and Timeless Plumping Mousse ($28).

All of them are sulfate-free, silicone-free and color safe, and they also contain UV protectors to extend the life of your hair color and protect your hair against damage from heat styling and the sun.

They’re all designed to work together as part of the system…but, of course, you can cherry pick and just use your faves. I’ve been using the whole kit and caboodle for maximum effect, and it’s been about about two weeks. So far, my long, color-treated hair is feelin’ it.

My favorite member of the Timeless fam has to be the Pre-Shampoo Treatment. I was a little wary of it at first because I’d never used a pre-shampoo treatment before and didn’t know what to expect. Mostly, I thought it would be an unnecessary step, but yeah, now that I’ve used this one, I see the point.

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Living Proof Pre-Shampoo


Have you ever used a pre-shampoo before? Basically, they’re moisturizing treatments, like hair masks, oils and butters, that you apply to your hair while it’s wet or dry before you hop into the bath or shower to shampoo and/or condition. The extra step adds shine, and it’s also supposed to make the Timeless shampoo and conditioner work better.

I apply it to my hair while it’s dry, from the roots to the ends, and let it sit and absorb for five minutes (or longer, if I want). Then I follow that up with the Timeless Shampoo and Conditioner.

I definitely notice my hair feeling softer and smoother when I use the Pre-Shampoo. It’s easier to run my fingers through my hair without running into knots, so I think it’s also reducing breakage.

And my hair color friggin’ loves the Timeless Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Living Proof Timeless Shampoo and Conditioner

I recently got my color re-done (ah…fresh, dark chocolatey brown roots!), and ya know how it is when you first get your hair colored? — how after that first shampoo and conditioning at home, most of the color ends up going down the drain after you rinse?

Very little of that happens when I use Timeless Shampoo and Conditioner. I also totally appreciate that the products contain heat protection and UV filters, too, because I got a stern lecture from my stylist not long ago about incorporating products into my routine that do those both of those things.

And then there’s the Timeless Plumping Mousse

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Living Proof Timeless Plumping Mousse

It specializes in hair density, which, I just learned from the Interwebz, is the number of hairs you have within a square inch of your scalp. As we age, the number of hairs per square inch usually declines, so to make up for that loss, the Plumping Mousse volumizes the hairs you currently have.

First time I used it, it was “Helloooooo, lovely lift!” The difference was immediately noticeable. I got more volume in places where I don’t usually have much, like around my roots and the mid-shaft of my hair.

I use the Plumping Mousse on wet hair, right after I get out of the shower and towel dry. I apply it from the roots to the ends, concentrating most of the product on my roots and the mid-shaft, and then I blow dry my hair until it’s about halfway dry, before letting it air dry the rest of the way. Then I use a large-barrel curling iron to curl the ends.

And that’s that.

Yup, my hair and I are digging this collection!

If you’re interested, you can find the Living Proof Timeless line now exclusively at Ulta Beauty.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I actually prepped this post the week before Connor Claire’s arrival, so right now? Yeah…my hair does not look like this right now, haha. Right now it’s…to put it mildly, not this good.


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The Day in Beauty, Vol. 11: Tabby Tea Time, the L’Oreal Cleansing Balms, and Gooooo Science! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/loreal-cleansing-balm/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/loreal-cleansing-balm/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 18:37:52 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=193548 Let’s hear it for the boyyyys! I gotta hand it to El Hub and Tabs for always keeping me on my toes. Those two… I never know what to expect from them, even after all this time. Like today — today I learned that Tabs likes tea. Who knew? Because this morning I made a […]


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Let’s hear it for the boyyyys! I gotta hand it to El Hub and Tabs for always keeping me on my toes. Those two… I never know what to expect from them, even after all this time.

Like today — today I learned that Tabs likes tea.

Who knew?

Because this morning I made a cup of decaf Irish breakfast tea (it’s super tasty! — the one from Trader Joe’s), put a hearty splash of milk in it, and set the cup down on my desk when I sat down to write.

Shortly thereafter, Tabs jumped up on the desk, and I just assumed that he was going to do what he usually does, which is to walk across the desk toward the window, where he likes to look outside.

I wasn’t really paying attention because I had my eyes on the screen, but then I heard a little tabby tongue lapping something up and realized, OH, CRAP! He’s drinking my tea.

LOL! #smdh

Oh, don’t even get me started on traumatic tea events… Seems like my desk is a magnet for them (remind me to tell you about the “Onion Tea Incident” someday, but I can’t talk about it right now because the thought of it just triggered my gag reflex).

So, yeah, watch your cat around your morning beverages… Sneaky kittehs…

L’Oreal Cleansing Balms

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This next one isn’t tea related, but I’ve also been into these new cleansing balms by L’Oreal lately.

WOW! Years ago, back when I started MBB, I never would have thought we’d be seeing affordable sulfate-, silicone- and paraben-free hair products at stores like CVS, Rite Aid and Target, but these cleansing balms are exactly that. They’re about $12 for a big 16.9-oz. bottle.

These would have been the kinds of products I would have had to get at a specialty beauty store or salon, and they would have been a lot more than $12… Drugstores have come a loooong way.

So, these non-lathering cleansers? I think they’re great. You use them in place of your regular shampoo and conditioner, where they clean and condition in one fell swoop, and they do it without stripping color or moisture from your hair or weighing it down.

The overall idea has been around for years (google “conditioner washing” or “co-washing”), so these aren’t revolutionary, but I like that the idea is more mainstream now.

I started co-washing years ago, and I think it was one of the things that saved my damaged (from heat styling) color-treated hair and brought it back from the brink. I totally believe in it.

The cleansing balms here come in three “flavors” — EverCurl for curly hair, EverPure for colored hair, and EverCreme for dry and damaged hair, and I’ve tried all three. All of them are designed to cleanse, condition, treat, detangle, soften and enhance shine.

And all of those things are great, but my favorite thing about these is how clean they make my scalp feel without stripping my hair. It just feels silky soft…

I’ve been alternating using the balms with a separate foaming shampoo and conditioner (to remove any product buildup remaining in my hair), and that seems to work well for me.

I’d compare these to the much more expensive conditioning cleansers by Pureology… They’re a great drugstore option if you’re looking to save a few $!

A Baby Girl update…

Yesterday at my regular weekly checkup, I found out that BG appears to be ahead of schedule. She could be arriving any day now!

Mind you, I’m still completely terrified of the process of labor because I’ve never done it before and don’t know what to expect (althoug I’m doing my best to stay calm and keep a positive outlook), but I’m more than ready to not feel my back and hips ache all day long.

I’d been hoping that BG would stay put and marinate for a couple more weeks (her due-ish date was March 7)…but if she decides to get this show on the road, I’m totally OK with that. I’m not completely prepared, but at least my hospital bag is finally packed! :)

My latest addiction: gross science

One last thing before I jet. I’m totally addicted to this weekly science show on YouTube by PBS called Gross Science.

Since we’re all friends here, I thought you might enjoy this segment with three surprising questions about periods…

Oh! — and I also thought this video was interesting as well. It talks about mosquitos, the Zika virus, and an emerging gene technology called the CRISPR Gene Drive.

Now, I apologize in advance for this video’s thumbnail picture…because it’s gross (sorry), but I really do think the video is quite interesting.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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The Day in Beauty, Vol. 9: A Good Hair Day, Aveda Color Conserve, Low-Maintenance Hair, and Guerlain Spring 2016 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/day-beauty-vol-9-good-hair-day-aveda-color-conserve-low-maintenance-hair-guerlain-spring-2016/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/day-beauty-vol-9-good-hair-day-aveda-color-conserve-low-maintenance-hair-guerlain-spring-2016/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 02:18:04 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=193319 Slowly, she pulled herself up atop the rocky plateau, then stood tall and gazed out across the vast horizon. It seemed like all of eternity stretched out before her. She could see for hundreds of miles in every direction, the mountains, the rivers, the valleys and forests, the endless sky and the distant sea. There […]


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Slowly, she pulled herself up atop the rocky plateau, then stood tall and gazed out across the vast horizon. It seemed like all of eternity stretched out before her. She could see for hundreds of miles in every direction, the mountains, the rivers, the valleys and forests, the endless sky and the distant sea. There were towns and cities far below that looked like little dots. Suddenly, with every fiber of her being, she roared into the great beyond: “I DID MY HAIR TODAY!!!”

Honestly, I just needed to feel a little bit more like myself, ya know? — because I’ve had it up in a messy bun all week long. Seriously, I haven’t even bothered to run a brush through it. That’s how tired I’ve been, but when I woke up this morning, I was like, “Karen, do your damned hair.”

So I did. I did my damned hair. :)

Here’s a great hair tutorial on using the T3 Bodywaver to get BIG curls

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I was randomly cruising “the YouTube” last night and looking for different ways to use my T3 Bodywaver curling iron when and came upon this short video by one of T3’s head stylists (head as in top, haha). It shows this technique where you slowly unwrap each section of hair from the barrel in such a way that the curls retain more of a wavy pattern at the ends.

I tried it this morning, and yay! Pretty good results.

So it’s all about the small victories. :)

Time to stock up on Aveda

I also wanted to do my hair today because I washed it last night (and I’m so happy about that!) partly because I wanted to try some things from Aveda. I’ve been stocking up on color preserving shampoos and conditioners because, ya know…I’m getting my hair done and colored tomorrow, and I figure that since I don’t know how long it’ll be before my next trip to the salon (kinda revolves around BG’s schedule), I want to get as many color preserving products up in the mix now as I can.

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Last night I started by using Aveda’s Color Conserve Shampoo ($21) and Color Conserve Conditioner (also $21).

Ah… Both have that kind of warm herbal amber and cinnamon Aveda fragrance I love, with notes of rosemary, lavender and lemon thrown in.

Smells so refreshing and abso-friggin’-lutely delicious!

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I’m also breaking in some new (well, new to me) Aveda styling products, which I put in my hair last night while it was still damp.

I had this long conversation about hair with my friend Christine, who has a two-year-old named Harry, at the baby shower last weekend. She said that even after two years since Harry’s arrival, some of her hair is still falling out. She was like, “Don’t worry too much about it. Just start using products to add volume now,” so last night I added some Aveda Thickening Tonic ($28), which I sprayed on my hair after I dried it with a towel. Then I combed it through with a wide-toothed comb and used the blowdryer.

The tonic is supposed to thicken the bejeezus out of your hair (so fingers crossed!) and, um…I also used Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep-Smother ($24), which is supposed to bolster your hair against high humidity for up to 12 hours.

Now…it hasn’t been very humid here lately at all, but I’m thinking that with El Niño in the house and the really, REALLY rainy season coming, things should get super humid up in here, so this is like hair preventative maintenance. Might as well also put some of this stuff in my hair! Maybe it’ll help whatever hairstyle I do this weekend last through the rainy season.

Have you used any of these or other Aveda products lately? They’re all part of the permanent line.

Also, what’s your official position on low-maintenance hair?

What constitutes “low-maintenance hair” for you? I know that many women cut their hair short after they have a baby. I have to be honest…I wish I could cut my hair short, but every time I have short hair, it ends up being higher maintenance for me because I can’t just put it back in a ponytail or straighten or curl it one day of the week, and then just use dry shampoo the rest of the time. And I can’t braid it before bed and wake up the next morning with waves. When my hair is short, I have to style it every day and get it trimmed every six weeks, so it ends up being a bigger pain in the butt.

But maybe I’m looking at it wrong. What do you think? What’s the best low-maintenance hair?

It was a Guerlain Spring 2016 kinda day…

I actually put on a little makeup today to see my OB/GYN (gotta go every week from here on out).

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I decided that I could handle Guerlain spring 2016. Here’s what I wore…

The thing about Guerlain, though? They’re one of those lines that always makes me feel good when I wear it. I’m not always sure why (could be the vibe and the packaging), but it’s true.

Happy Friday, my friend. I hope your week wrapped up on a great note. I’m looking forward to getting my hair did tomorrow, and then after that I have a lot of puttering to do around the house. I’m in full-on nesting mode now, and I have nonstop baby prep to do. Other than that, it’s the SUPER BOWL!

Who’s gonna win? Tabs wants the Panthers, of course… :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/5-things-ive-been-loving-lately-9/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/5-things-ive-been-loving-lately-9/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:59:02 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=192825 There should be a video right up here in this post, but if it isn’t appearing for any reason, you can click here to watch it on YouTube. You wouldn’t think that hair ties would be something to be particular about, but I’m so particular about my hair ties. They can’t give me a headache; […]


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You wouldn’t think that hair ties would be something to be particular about, but I’m so particular about my hair ties. They can’t give me a headache; I don’t want them to leave a weird bend in my hair; I don’t want them to snag my hair, and these Tony Ties by Mia don’t do any of those things. They’re my new favorite hair ties, and I love them so much that I packed them away to bring with me to the hospital on B-day (birth day).

That’s when you know your love for something is real deal — when you’re willing to go into labor for an unspecified amount of time with it…

Here are five things (one of them’s a combo) I’ve been loving lately. How about you? What are some things you’ve been loving too?

  1. Mia Beauty Tony Ties ($5 for a pack of three)
  2. T3 BodyWaver 1.75 Professional Curling Iron ($149)
  3. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38)
  4. Jackie Aina (lilpumpkinpie05 on YouTube)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!


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What Have You Been Using Lately to Wash Your Hair? http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/what-have-you-been-using-lately-to-wash-your-hair/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/what-have-you-been-using-lately-to-wash-your-hair/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:17:12 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=192019 On the days when I actually use something that isn’t a dry shampoo, I’ve been using a couple things from Carol’s Daughter: their Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner, which I use as my “shampoo,” (you can find it at Target for about $12 a bottle) and their Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer (also about $12 at […]


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On the days when I actually use something that isn’t a dry shampoo, I’ve been using a couple things from Carol’s Daughter: their Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner, which I use as my “shampoo,” (you can find it at Target for about $12 a bottle) and their Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer (also about $12 at Target), which I use as my conditioner.

My hair is long, colored, wavy and naturally dry — both my strands and my scalp — and the dryness is even worse in winter, so I diligently try to avoid any products that might strip whatever remaining moisture my hair has.

I look for products that are going to put moisture back into my hair and don’t build up to a frothy lather.

Oh, and I also do more heat styling in winter, which is another reason why I like using cleansing conditioners and leave-ins, because they seem to help my hair retain more moisture and counteract more of the damage done from the hair dryer and curling iron.

Having a good hair day

Having a good hair day

I use these products once, or maybe twice, a week in the shower, and then use a dry shampoo (LIVING PROOF!)on the in-between days to freshen my roots.

If your hair happens to be on the drier side, I wholeheartedly recommend those two Carol’s Daughter products. They get two big ol’ thumbs up from me. Since I started regularly using them about a month and a half ago, my hair’s been in the best winter shape it’s been in a while…so it’s still dry, but much less dry than usual for winter.

How about you? What have you been using lately to wash your hair?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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